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Driver wins Sunderland parking fine fight after tribunal backs appeal over ‘confusing’ signs

Steve Donkin has won an appeal against a parking ticket issued by Sunderland City Council.

Steve Donkin has won an appeal against a parking ticket issued by Sunderland City Council.

A DRIVER who branded on-street parking signs “confusing and inadequate” has won his legal fight with council bosses.

Steve Donkin was handed the £70 penalty charge notice earlier this year after unwittingly parking in a permit holders’ spot in Bell Street, Pallion.

The 52-year-old, who was visiting his sick father at nearby Sunderland Royal Hospital at the time, appealed against the punishment and has won his legal challenge at a traffic penalty tribunal.

The self-employed business consultant, of Hylton Castle, said: “My main concern now is for other drivers who will have been caught out by the same thing.

“I had no idea there were restrictions in place.

“It was clear from the start that the signs were inadequate and confusing and that there was a problem.”

The Traffic Penalty Tribunal, which rules on appeals against parking and bus lane fines issued by Civil Enforcement Authorities, heard an improved “repeater” has been installed.

Councillor James Blackburn, portfolio holder for city services at Sunderland City Council, said: “The council was reviewing signage for the hospital parking management scheme as part of the introduction of phase two of the scheme, which began in September.”

He added: “The council has put up additional signage in the scheme zones as it has increased in size.”

 

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